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5 players set to wreak havoc in the Premier League this weekend

Who are your Dream Team picks this weekend? We run the rule over five stars who could fill their boots.

The nature of the culmination to a Premier League season means the last few games come thick and fast.

And after the dire spectacle that was the Manchester derby on Thursday night, we’re all in need of a lift.

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Luckily for us, we’ve got a full schedule of top-flight fixtures this weekend to help inject some quality and entertainment after two hours or dross that we’ll never get back in our lives.

Sorry Jose.

So, without further ado, we’ve picked five players we think should be Dream Team favourites this weekend…

1 Harry Kane

Kane loves scoring in London derbies

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Kane loves scoring in London derbies

Kane’s record in London derbies is simply sensational and, whilst he didn’t find the net against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night, he loves scoring against Tottenham’s arch rivals.

The Spurs hitman has 21 goals in 25 all-London clashes since the start of 2015, but has five in just four appearances against Arsenal.

That includes the equaliser in the reverse fixture in November, so we reckon Kane is a dead certainty to score on Sunday against the Gunners and finally trigger the first non-St Totteringham’s Day.

2 Marko Arnautovic

Arnautovic is a threat when Stoke play at home

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Arnautovic is a threat when Stoke play at home

As we say every week with our tips pieces, you need a wildcard to stand out from the rest in the Dream Team adventure.

This week’s nominee is Arnautovic as Stoke host a West Ham side at the bet365 Stadium.

The Hammers are pretty abject away from the London Stadium and the Austrian midfielder likes it in the home comforts of the Potteries, scoring against Hull and Middlesbrough in recent weeks.

We reckon he or team-mate Xherdan Shaqiri are a decent joker in the pack.

3 Christian Benteke

Benteke scored twice at Anfield last Sunday

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Benteke scored twice at Anfield last Sunday

Benteke has found some form just when Crystal Palace needed him this season, helping them steer well clear of the relegation zone after temporarily flirting with the drop.

The big Belgian has five goals and an assist in his last six Premier League games and has scored against the big boys in Chelsea and former club Liverpool in that spell.

So a home encounter with Burnley should be a piece of cake for Benteke and Sam Allardyce’s rejuvenated Palace side.

4 Eric Bailly

Bailly has been a rock for Jose Mourinho

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Bailly has been a rock for Jose Mourinho

Manchester United have the best defence in the Premier League in 2017, having conceded just five goals, and Bailly has played a massive part in that.

The 23-year-old has been an instant hit at Old Trafford since his move from Villarreal last summer.

In amongst the absurd amount of injuries Jose Mourinho is currently dealing with Bailly has been a constant rock, and with Swansea the visitors on Sunday we reckon another clean sheet is in the offing.

5 Gabriel Jesus

Will Jesus start at Middlesbrough?

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Will Jesus start at Middlesbrough?

Jesus has returned to potentially salvage Manchester City’s ailing season, with a place in the top four very much in their own hands still despite that stalemate with United.

The Brazilian sensation came off the bench on Thursday night on his return from a foot injury and could displace Sergio Aguero again if Pep Guardiola deems himself fit enough.

Jesus and City visit lowly Middlesbrough on Sunday afternoon, and we can only really see one result unfolding.